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Old 04-05-2019, 11:35 AM
 
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I wonder why he did it. Did he have a prior obsession with the case? It's a horrible hoax.
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Old 04-05-2019, 11:40 AM
 
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I wonder why he did it. Did he have a prior obsession with the case? It's a horrible hoax.
He's claimed to be other people before.

My guess is, he has a driving compulsion to want to be wanted. A fantasy of falling into the arms of family who have been diligently searching for him for years.

I would doubt he meant to hurt anyone - he's got mental illness, and a drive to be loved.
Sad.
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Old 04-05-2019, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Port St. Lucie, Fla
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well ...he is facing charges ...

Medina man accused of impersonating missing Timmothy Pitzen faces federal charges
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Old 04-05-2019, 12:52 PM
 
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It sounded too good to be true to me, but after Jaycee Dugard's story, I guess it's not entirely unrealistic to have hope and at least hope that the person claiming to be the missing kid really is.

Most children who have been missing for long periods of time like Timmothy, and like Madeleine McCann, etc., are dead. A Jaycee situation is rare, for a kidnapped or otherwise missing kid to be kept alive for so long is just unlikely. Missing kids, especially those believed to have been abducted, rarely just turn up alive out of the blue years later. Parents hold onto hope, and I get that, but I think most others know the likely situation.
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Old 04-05-2019, 12:57 PM
 
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It sounded too good to be true to me, but after Jaycee Dugard's story, I guess it's not entirely unrealistic to have hope and at least hope that the person claiming to be the missing kid really is.

Most children who have been missing for long periods of time like Timmothy, and like Madeleine McCann, etc., are dead. A Jaycee situation is rare, for a kidnapped or otherwise missing kid to be kept alive for so long is just unlikely. Missing kids, especially those believed to have been abducted, rarely just turn up alive out of the blue years later. Parents hold onto hope, and I get that, but I think most others know the likely situation.
Might want to change that to "most likely dead", since no one really knows what became of Timmothy and Madeleine...their cases are still open.
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Old 04-05-2019, 01:04 PM
 
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Might want to change that to "most likely dead", since no one really knows what became of Timmothy and Madeleine...their cases are still open.
Thought it was obvious that no one knows for sure when they haven't been found. Point clearly is that they are probably dead.
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Old Yesterday, 09:57 AM
 
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Rini's brother Jonathan spoke to a reporter and said he and his mother had not spoken to Brian Rini for four years, as Brian had stolen Jonathan's identity, which resulted in Jonathan being arrested and held until he could prove who he was.

He also said that Brian had a long list of diagnoses, including Asperger's syndrome (sic), ADD, and other disorders, and that he had attempted to impersonate others several times previously. He hinted that his brother also had a juvenile record, in addition to his growing adult record.

Brian Rini stated to the authorities that he had learned about Timmothy Pitzen from watching a recent 20/20 episode (he must have taken notes or had a photographic memory to remember Pitzen's middle name and precise birthday). He claimed he just wanted a loving father like Timmothy had...never mind that James Pitzen would immediately known that he was not Timmothy.

So two families have been badly hurt by this imposter. Perhaps more...
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Old Yesterday, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Caverns measureless to man...
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Our unbelievably irresponsible media strikes yet again. This kid's family is absolutely crushed, and my guess is nobody in the media will be held accountable -- no firings, no demotions, not even one day's worth of suspension.
Firing? For what?? Is this some kind of joke?

Why is it that people who hate the media so much are always the ones who know nothing at all about how the media works or what it does? This happened near me, so I saw a lot of coverage of it, and there was nothing sensational or inaccurate in any of what I saw. What you seem unable to understand is that whether he was Timmothy Pitzen or not, the fact that he was claiming to be was a significant news story, and every single story I saw handled it just right - reporting that this man had stepped forward, but framing the reporting in the context of "IF this is true."

If I were king for just one day, I would make it a law that every high school student be required to study how to read and understand news articles.

As for the issue at hand, I'm amazed this guy thought he'd get away with it. A 23 year old thinking he can pass for a 14 year old? Just from the photos, he's got a beard like ZZ Top. What was he thinking?
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Old Today, 04:45 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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"We got a guy who says he's your missing child, but we're not going to let you see him until we do DNA tests." What am I missing, here?

Last edited by cebuan; Today at 05:39 AM..
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Old Today, 05:33 AM
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Pathetic. Couldn't he have found something better to do with his time?
Something tells me that he's mentally ill.
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